Press Release: Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Renaissance Community Center, The Shelter
A collaborative group of homeless services providers convened at the Renaissance Community Center today to create a proactive plan to help provide housing and support to the 100 or so men who will soon be moving out of the Haven of Rest emergency shelter. As announced previously today, the Haven of Rest will be closing its emergency shelter this weekend, and phasing out remaining housing services over the next two weeks.
Representatives of the Big Bend Homelessness Continuum of Care, a collaboration of stakeholders working to end homelessness locally, created a crisis response team to address the immediate needs for housing for men who will be displaced from the Haven of Rest on Sunday, June 9.
The response team of the Continuum of Care plans to reach out to current residents of the Haven of Rest, determine what housing needs exist, and match up those residents to the most appropriate available homeless housing program locally. Plans for a short-term crisis overflow for emergency shelter are also being explored.
“Homelessness is an emergency every day in our community. With the closing of the Haven of Rest, the increased level of extreme and immediate need is a true crisis in our community. However, this crisis will be addressed by putting together our heads, our hearts, and our resources,” said Susan Pourciau, Executive Director of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
Agencies and stakeholders represented at the planning meeting today included the Renaissance Community Center, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, The Shelter, ECHO, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, Good Samaritan Network, First Presbyterian Church, volunteers, and many others.
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